Through our Clarity Project, we have been showcasing the RN value. And demonstrating that Registered Nurses nurse to a higher level.
In-depth knowledge and higher education. Advanced judgment and critical thinking. Comprehensive assessment and analysis. Registered nurses are a good investment. An investment this province needs.
Demands on the health care system are increasing, not decreasing.
We have an aging population. A population with a lot of sick people. Our province has some of the highest rates of cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes. Over half of Newfoundland and Labrador residents aged 12 years and older have at least one chronic disease; many people live with more than one.
Last year, we spent $47 million on vital overtime and sick leave for RNs. How much will this year? 50 million? What about next year? Without proper RN staffing, we’ll continue to throw money in the wrong direction.
This fall we will unveil a campaign to show that smarter spending through proper RN resourcing will create a more efficient system and build safer, healthier communities across Newfoundland and Labrador.
And we’ll be calling on you, RNU members, to help spread our message. You know what safe RN staffing would mean to the health care system and the patients, residents and clients in your care.
Let’s tell our stories. Let’s make our voices heard.